Pol­lu­tion fa­tal­i­ties

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

Pol­lu­tion is re­spon­si­ble for ill­nesses that kill one in ev­ery six peo­ple around the world each year, ac­cord­ing to a new land­mark report.

The Lancet, the world’s lead­ing peer-re­viewed jour­nal on health, com­mis­sioned a study that found toxic air, wa­ter, soil and work­place en­vi­ron­ments kill at least 9 mil­lion peo­ple an­nu­ally.

Study au­thors warn the cri­sis “threat­ens the con­tin­u­ing sur­vival of hu­man so­ci­eties.”

Philip Lan­dri­gan, from the Ic­ahn School of Medicine at Mount Si­nai, said the scale of deaths from pol­lu­tion sur­prised the re­searchers, as did the rate at which the fa­tal­i­ties were ris­ing.

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